Monday, 3 August 2015

Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, new research finds


"There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and the risk of dementia, and improve wellbeing throughout life, new research carried out for The Reading Agency has found.

"Among the benefits it finds are improved social capital for children, young people and the general adult population; better parent-child communication and reduction of depression and dementia symptoms among adults. Another key finding of the report is that enjoyment of reading is a prerequisite for all these positive outcomes: people who choose to read, and enjoy doing so, in their spare time are more likely to reap all of these benefits."

More at The Reading Agency

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Bookshelf giant mural

An adaptable design that can be centred on a feature wall, or cut down to fit smaller nooks and corners. This mural is applied in the same way as wallpaper and comes in easy to manage sections. This bookshelf mural comes in a choice of colour, or black and white. Murals measure 315 x 232cm, comprising of 4 separate pieces.
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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Book lockers


When Biloxi Junior High students return to school this August, they might be surprised at what they see in one of the hallways. Some teachers are spending part of their summer working on a very creative project. They are transforming some old, unused lockers into a larger than life library. 
WLox

Friday, 3 July 2015

Private libraries are enjoying a renaissance


Not everyone who wants something new to read can satisfy their urge with a trip to Waterstones or a scoot around Amazon. Some want to have a copy of every book ever written on their chosen specialised subject. Others want to build a library of titles handpicked for them... In the age of e-readers and instant gratification, the writing is far from on the wall for the printed word. “If not exactly in rude health, books are… alive,” says Nicky Dunne, head of rare books at Heywood Hill.
Read more at Daily Telegraph

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Extend



A bookend on which books can be placed in the air as an extension of a desk. It can be fixed to a tabletop by a clamp and the length can be adjusted as you like. It is formed by bending 2 mm steel plate in order to make it strong enough to hold books.
Material : Steel
Dimensions : H180 W300 D100 mm
Photos: Yasuko Furukawa
YoY

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Blow


A shelf that looks like a paper blowing up in the wind, formed by bending A4 size thin steel plates with molds. There are 5 types of shape and they can be used both upside and downside. It can be fixed to the wall with a hook.
Steel Dimensions : H210 W300 D20 mm
YOY

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bin Ladin's Bookshelf


A sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release contains two sections. The first is a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound. The second is a selection of now-declassified documents. The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release. 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence